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Marley's Ghost

The six-piece Americana band Marley’s Ghost will perform a mix of roots rock, bluegrass, gospel and country, accompanied by multi-part harmonies, during a free summer “Concert in the Park” at 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at Azalea Park in Brookings.

Marley’s Ghost, whose music draws comparisons to The Band, features Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield, Jr., Jerry Fletcher and Bob Nichols.

The band has been performing across the nation for three decades. It celebrates its 30th anniversary with the release of “The Woodstock Sessions,” helmed by Grammy-winning producer Larry Campbell.

Known for his work with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm and others, Campbell guides the Ghost’s dig into its garden of deep roots to uncover a host of hidden gems. The band’s 11th album is a road trip through America’s past, set firmly in the present.

Learn more about the band and watch videos at marleysghost.com.

The Azalea Park concert, presented by main sponsor Rogue Credit Union, is one of eight scheduled through September. Music fans may want to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic lunches.

Each concert reportedly attracts 500 to 1,200 people to the park’s natural amphitheater.

A snack shack, operated by the Brookings-Harbor Rotary Club, will offer burgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages.

The concert series is funded primarily by crowd donations, grants and local business sponsors, including Rogue Credit Union, Good Samaritan Society-Curry Village, Dave Miesner, D&D Oasis Beach House, Elk Valley Rancheria, Evergreen Federal Bank, Fitness at the Club, Hearing Health Care, Inc. and the Curry County Cultural Grant.

The next concert will be Aug. 25 and feature the Gator Nation Band, a cajun/zydeco group that has been playing jazz festivals since 1996. The six-piece band brings plenty of hand-clapping, feet-stomping music to its fans.

More information about the concert series and the bands, including videos, is on Facebook by searching “American Music Festival Summer Concerts.”

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